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“Confusing lay out but interesting nonetheless.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #2 of 47 things to do in Gatineau
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization At Canada's most visited museum, discover the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation's history. Take in the beauty of this architectural gem and its spectacular setting on the banks of the Ottawa River. Marvel at the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles, explore the traditions and achievements of Canada's First Peoples and this summer, step aboard the Empress of Ireland and relive the experience of the worst maritime disaster in Canada's history - with its stories of tragic loss, courage and human kindness - through artifacts and eyewitness accounts. Be a kid again at the Children's Museum and live the ultimate cinema experience at the IMAX(R) Theatre.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Confusing lay out but interesting nonetheless.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Came with hubby just before 3 pm on a Friday. Saw an IMAX film on the South Pacific which was excellent. Wandered out to the rest of the museum. Very confusing layout with few markers or signs to guide you. Museum closed at 5 so didn't getting to see everything. Not sure if there was anything else besides Canadian stuff. Enjoyed what little I did see and found the way they presented the information quite interesting.

Visited March 2014
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Gatineau, Québec
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20 reviews
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“Museum for the whole family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is an excellent museum which all the family will enjoy! Old & young enjoy the Children's Museum…and there so much more! Imax was a hit with all the family and everyone enjoyed the main exhibit. We did not visit the Voodoo exhibit.

Visited January 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

We can stay in this Museum for hours. There are a great diversity of history stages. Very visual, good ambiance, excellent service.

Visited February 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lots to see & do for the entire family!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

The best thing about this place is the value for the memberships! Whether it be a yearly pass for unlimited IMAX or a family membership that gives you access to both this museum + the Canadian War Museum; you cannot go wrong with these bundles...unless you are a tourist, of course. Hahaha!

This museum offers members discounts on parking & food, and also introduces new exhibits every 4-6 months. So, you will certainly have a reason to go back a few times per year. We always take the kids and enjoy the variety of learning opportunities blended in with some interactive elements.

Visited February 2014
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“Excellent Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Attended a gala at the grand hall at the museum. Excellent service, and the atmosphere was awesome. Enjoyed my experience. I never got to look around the museum but will definitely do this the next time I am in Ottawa.

Visited December 2013
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